A single cask 1986 vintage whisky from Glenturret, bottled at cask strength by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on November 28th, matured in hogshead #295 and bottled almost 27 years later on October 22nd 2013.
For this Linkwood 1981, 12 yo malt that had been matured in traditional casks was transferred to sweet red wine casks for a further 14 years. Something of a departure for Diageo's Special Releases, releasing three malts from the same distillery in 50cl bottles.
This is the 25th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from distillery number 26, Clynelish. This was distilled in 1976, slap bang in the middle of a 14 year period when this 'new' Clynelish and next door distillery Brora (which confusingly used to originally be called Clynelish) were both in operation.
The Rare Malts are a now-discontinued series of cask-strength releases designed by Diageo to showcase some of the hidden treasures in their portfolio. This particular dram is all the more precious for having come from a distillery demolished in 1983.
An old 1976 vintage whisky from Glen Moray, aged for a full 26 years including a period of finishing in red wines barrels from the Vallée Du Rhone. Expect to find sweet fruity notes similar to that of a sherried whisky, but not as intensely so.
A 1975 vintage Glenlochy released by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. Distilled in March it was aged fro 26 years before being bottled in June 2001. The distillery sadly closed in 1983, a few years after this was distilled.
A rare Port Ellen 1983, originally bottled for travel retail by Douglas Laing for their McGibbon's Provenance series. this is from a single refill butt and sounds very good from the bottler's tasting notes.
A 1972 vintage bottling from Ben Nevis. Between this bottle being distilled and bottled, the distillery had twice closed and reopened (from 1978 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1990). Now under the ownership of Nikka Whisky Distilling Company, Ben Nevis is in the top ten selling single malts in Japan.
A 1983 vintage Glenesk, which closed in 1985 and has since become a maltings. Distilled in November, this was bottled by the folks at Duncan Taylor in late 2009 after 26 years of maturation in a sherry cask. With only 328 bottles and an ABV of 56.4% it looks like this is only a bottling of part of the cask or the angels got more than their fair share.
A 1975 vintage whisky from North Port Brechin distillery. This whisky has been matured for 26 years and bottled by Signatory for their Silent Stills series. Having been bottled from a single cask and cask strength, this whisky is limited to just 211 bottles.